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This Week in WAC Volleyball
Courtesy: New Mexico State

New Mexico State outside hitter Lindsay Yon has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 13-19. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Yon and the third of her career.


Yon led the Aggies to two consecutive home victories, averaging 4.64 points, 3.86 kills, 2.71 digs and 0.57 service aces per set. In a 3-1 win over Boise State, she posted her seventh double-double of the year with 15 kills and 15 digs. In a dominating sweep over then third-place Idaho, she tallied 12 kills, four digs and two service aces.


Other nominees included: Sadie Maughan of Boise State averaged 2.25 kills and 1.00 blocks per set ... Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke tied her career-high with 22 kills vs. Utah State... Aneli Cubi-Otineru of Hawai‘i averaged 3.00 kills on .378 hitting and 2.33 digs in two wins ... Nevada’s Lindsay Baldwin averaged 3.57 kills and 1.29 blocks per set ... Melissa Osterloh of Utah State led the Aggies to a 1-1 record after averaging 3.75 kills and 2.00 digs per set.


Boise State Broncos (5-12, 2-5 WAC)

Boise State went 1-1 last week, defeating Louisiana Tech in four sets (25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17) before falling to New Mexico State 1-3 (25-13, 16-25, 14-25, 17-25) ... Sadie Maughan led the team with nine kills against NMSU ... Alisha King and Jeanette Jenkins had 14 and 13 kills, respectively, against Louisiana Tech ... Boise State has a 3-4 record on the road heading in to their final road matches of the regular season ... The Broncos are hitting .151 as a team this season, compared to the .199 of their opponents.


Fresno State Bulldogs (5-11, 2-5 WAC)

Fresno State went 0-2 last week, falling at Nevada in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-27, 11-25) and to Utah State in five sets (14-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 13-15) ... Brianna Clarke tied her career high with 22 kills vs. Utah State ... Allanah Munson posted a pair of double-doubles last week – 34 assists and 10 digs vs. Nevada, 48 assists and 10 digs vs. Utah State) ... Clarke now has 207 kills on the year (101 in WAC play alone) to lead the team ... Munson is tied for the league-lead in double-doubles this season with nine ... The Bulldogs are hitting .150 as a team this season, compared to the .204 of their opponents.


Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (13-3, 6-1 WAC)

UH rebounded from just its fourth loss in WAC play in 13 years in the conference with sweeps of Utah State (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) and Nevada (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) last week ... Aneli Cubi-Otineru hit .378 on the week, including a .385 clip with 13 kills at Nevada ... Jamie Houston and Kanani Herring both tallied 12 kills on .391 hitting at Utah State ... UH has clinched its 35th straight winning season (all 35 in collegiate play) by picking up win No. 15 at Nevada ... The Rainbow Wahine are out-hitting opponents .282 to .182 on the season and .275 to .148 in WAC play.


Idaho Vandals (12-6, 5-2 WAC)

The Vandals went 1-1 last week, falling at New Mexico State in three sets (17-25, 21-25, 12-25) before defeating Louisiana Tech in four sets (25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 25-16) ... Idaho has held opponents under a .100 hitting percentage six times this season, including four times in the last seven matches ... The Vandals have been swept only twice this season, each time by New Mexico State ... Haley Larsen has reached double-figures for kills in 18 of 20 matches this season, falling under 10 in both matches vs. New Mexico State ... The Vandals have finished .500 or better in conference play for the past five seasons ... This week marks the only time during the 2008 season Idaho plays just one match.


Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (2-12, 0-6 WAC)

The Techsters went 1-2 last week at home, defeating Centenary (26-24, 25-14, 27-29, 25-20) in non-conference play before falling to Boise State (22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 17-25) and Idaho (20-25, 16-25, 25-19, 16-25) ... The set victories last week were five of 15 on the season and two of just five in WAC play for the Lady Techsters this season ... Louisiana Tech is taking a break from WAC competition this week to take on instate rival McNeese State.


Nevada Wolf Pack (8-9, 3-4 WAC)

The Pack went 1-1 last week, defeating Fresno State in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-11) before having its season-high four-match win streak snapping by Hawai‘i (19-25, 20-25, 17-20) ... In the win over the Bulldogs, Lindsay Baldwin posted match highs of 19 kills and seven blocks while hitting .333 ... Her 25 points vs. Fresno State established a new career high ... Allison Hernandez needs 17 digs to become the eighth player in school history to record 1,000 in a career. Her current 983 ranks eighth all-time at Nevada ... Head coach Devin Scruggs is just two wins away from 200 for her career, all coming at Nevada.


New Mexico State Aggies (11-7, 6-1 WAC)

The Aggies went undefeated last week, sweeping Idaho (25-17, 25-21, 25-12) and beating Boise State in four sets (13-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17) to move their win streak to five ... Lindsey Yon averaged 3.86 kills and 2.71 digs per set, posting her seventh double-double of the year with 15 kills and 15 digs vs. Boise State ... NMSU has won nine of its last 10 matches ... NMSU is hitting .195 while holding their opponents to a .142 hitting percentage.


San Jose State Spartans (8-11, 4-5 WAC)

The Spartans went 1-0 last week, earning a non-conference win over Cal State Bakersfield in four sets (25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22) in their only match of the week ... Brianna Amian recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. She added a career-high six service aces, the highest number recorded in a match by a Spartan player this season ... Emily Burke had her third double-double of the year with 41 assists and 10 digs ... Kelly Crow added 13 kills and nine digs ... Colleen Burke is eighth all-time at San Jose State in block assists (259) and ninth in total blocks (278). 


Utah State Aggies (6-12, 4-3 WAC)

Utah State went 1-1 last week, falling in three sets to Hawai‘i (18-25, 18-25, 18-25) before defeating Fresno State in five sets (25-14, 18-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13) ... Melissa Osterloh recorded her third double-double of the season vs. the Bulldogs with 18 kills and 13 digs, to go along with two service aces and four blocks ... Against the Rainbow Wahine, Osterloh had a match-high 12 kills ... Kris Hymas posted a double-double – 15 kills and 15 digs – vs. Fresno State ... As a team, Utah State is hitting .168 on the season as compared to a .221 hitting percentage for its opponents.



New Mexico State handed Hawai‘i just its second WAC home defeat in the 12 years it has been in the league in front of a crowd of 6,619 Oct. 12. Both teams are currently tied for first place in the league standings with 8-1 WAC records. The Aggies held Hawai’i, which came into the match ranked in the Top 10 nationally in hitting percentage, to a .023 hitting percentage, its lowest for the program in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).



In the most recent NCAA statistics (Oct. 21), the Rainbow Wahine rank fourth in the nation in kills and assists per set, with averages of 14.75 and 13.75, respectively. Hawai‘i also ranks 10th in hitting percentage (.282) and 20th in won-loss percentage (.833).



Four WAC players are currently ranked in the Top 50 nationally in blocks per set – Amber Simpson, New Mexico State, 11th (1.46), Anna McKinney, Idaho, 16th (1.37), Lydia Blaha, Boise State, 39th (1.21) and Lindsay Baldwin, Nevada, 46th (1.19). In kills per set, three WAC players appear in the Top 50, led by Idaho’s Haley Larsen in 12th place with a 4.4 average. Jamie Houston of Hawai‘i ranks 28th (4.04), while Lindsey Yon of New Mexico State is 33rd (3.94).



In overall team stats, Hawai‘i leads the conference in hitting percentage (.282), assists (13.75), kills (14.75) and service aces (1.45). Idaho is tops in blocks per set (2.82) and digs per set (14.96), while New Mexico State boasts the lowest opponent hitting percentage (.142).


In conference only statistics, Hawai‘i currently leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.275), assists (13.79) and kills (14.93). New Mexico State is tops in blocks (3.16), opponent hitting percentage (.098) and digs (15.82), while San Jose State leads the league in service aces (1.75).


Individually, Idaho’s Haley Larsen leads the league in kills (4.40) and points (4.82) per set. Hawai‘i’s Nickie Thomas leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.376), while teammates Dani Mafua and Amber Kaufman are tops in assists (11.04) and service aces (0.49), respectively. New Mexico State’s Amber Simpson and Krystal Torres lead the league in blocks per set (1.46) and digs per set (4.56), respectively.


In conference matches only, Hawai‘i’s Kaufman, Mafua and Aneli Cubi-Otineru are tops in hitting percentage (.368), assists (11.20) and service aces (0.48), respectively. Larsen leads the league in kills (4.34), while Simpson is tops in blocking (1.57) and Torres leads the league in digs (4.93). Meanwhile, Lindsey Yon of New Mexico State leads the conference in points (5.00).




Nov. 20 (Quarterfinals) 

Match 1 - No. 8 vs. No. 9, 9:30 a.m.                  

Match 2 - No. 4 vs. No. 5, noon

Match 3 - No. 3 vs. No. 6, 2:30 p.m.

Match 4 - No. 2 vs. No. 7, 5 p.m.

Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. No. 1, 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 21 (Semifinals)

Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 5 p.m.

Match 7 - Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 5, 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 23 (Championship)

Match 8 - Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7, 3 p.m.



The following are the sites for regional competition of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships.


Regionals (4) December 12-13, 2008

Host: Colorado State University

Moby Arena

Fort Collins, Colorado


Host: Pennsylvania State University

Rec Hall

University Park, Pennsylvania


Host: University of Texas

Gregory Gymnasium

Austin, Texas


Host: University of Washington

Bank of America Arena

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